City of Longview employee Jeff Lake prepares to haul away a old Trojan Nuclear Plant warning siren that workers removed Wednesday from a pole near Kessler Elementary School.
The siren, which weighs about 300 pounds, will be replaced with a school zone speed-enforcement camera that will be hooked up to the same power source.
Seven more sirens remain posted within city limits. They were installed to warn of a potential nuclear disaster at Trojan, which shut down in 1994.
Of the 191 sirens in the original warning system, 22 were given to four Cowlitz County cities. The Longview City Council declared the sirens surplus this year for $200 each, but no buyers have materialized for the one taken down Wednesday and another already stored at the city shop, city engineer Craig Bozarth said.
Because of the expense involved in taking down the sirens, the rest will remain in place until there’s a need to removed them, he said.